Affiliated Faculty

Mary Anne FranksDr. Mary Anne Franks (J.D. Harvard) is a Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law, where she teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, First Amendment law, family law, and Law, Policy, and Technology. Before joining the UM faculty,Dr. Franks was a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the‌Univerrsity of Chicago School of Law, a Lecturer in Social Studies at Harvard University, and an adjunct instructor in philosophy and religion at Quincy College (Massachusetts).

Before she received her J.D. in 2007 from Harvard Law School, she received her D.Phil in Modern Languages and Literature in 2004 and her M.Phil in European Literaturein 2001 from Oxford University, where she studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. Her doctoral examination fields were continental philosophy (ethics), psychoanalytic theory, gender theory, and political theory. She received her B.A. in Philosophy and English literature from Loyola University New Orleans in 1999. Her philosophical work includes publications in Hypatia (2003) and Feminist Interpretations of Adorno (2006).

Her current areas of research include free speech, online abuse, discrimination, and gun violence. She serves as the Legislative and Tech Policy Director and Vice-President of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about online harassment and advocates for legal, technical, and social reform. In that capacity, Prof. Franks advises tech industry leaders on privacy and abuse issues and advises state and federal legislators on issues such as sexual privacy and online abuse. Her legal academic scholarship has appeared in publications such as the California Law Review and the UCLA Law Review; her popular press publications include The Atlantic, the Guardian, TIME Magazine, and the Huffington Post.

Phone: (305)284-5345
WebsiteFaculty Page

Fred FrohockFred Frohock (Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill), Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science at the University of Miami with academic concentrations in political philosophy, law, and bioethics. He is the author of numerous papers in scholarly journals and 10 books, including Special Care (University of Chicago Press, 1986),Healing Powers (University of Chicago Press, 1992), Public Reason: Mediated Authority in the Liberal State (Cornell University Press, 1999), Lives of the Psychics (University of Chicago Press, 2000), and Bounded Divinities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

Office: Room 314 E Jenkins Building
 #: (305) 284-8362

Kenneth GoodmanKenneth Goodman (Ph.D., University of Miami), Professor, Department of Medicine. He is the Co-Director of the University of Miami Ethics Programs and Director, UM Bioethics Program. He has appointments in the Departments of Philosophy, Anesthesiology,Epidemiology and Public Health, and the School of Nursing and Health Studies. He is the author of Ethics and Evidence-Based Medicine (Cambridge University Press, 2003), co-author of Ethics and Information Technology (Springer Verlag, 2002), co-author ofCase Studies in Public Health Ethics (American Public Health Association, 1997), editor of Ethics, Computing and Medicine: Informatics and the Transformation of Health Care (Cambridge University Press, 1998), editor of Ethics, Politics and Death in the 21st Century: The Strange, Sad Case of Terri Schiavo (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), and co-editor of The KBMT Project: A Case Study in Knowledge-Based Machine Translation (Morgan Kaufmann, 1991).

Office: Ashe building, Rm. 702 & Medical Campus, 
Phone #: 305-284-9216 (Gables Campus) / 305-243-5723 (Medical Campus)
Links:  Ethics Programs


alekAleksandra Hernandez (Ph.D. Notre Dame), Postdoctoral Associate, Department of English. She works in 19th- and early 20th- century American literature, American pragmatism, history of distributed cognition, animal studies, science studies, narrative theory, and the philosophy of literature. Currently, she examines the formal strategies deployed in late 19th- and early 20th-century utopian fiction, where the aim to imagine the future of the nation based on the principle of social cooperation is mirrored in various writers' efforts (e.g. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Edward Bellamy, and Henry Olerich) to shift readers’ focus from the meaning of the text to the uses to which the text might be put. Her interest in reader-response is more generally aimed at defining the scope of the classical American pragmatist thinkers and writers whom she understands to be bolstering the epistemological validity of empirical inquiry, even as they ultimately prioritize the ethical implications of their theoretical commitments in practice.


Frank Palmeri (Ph.D., Columbia University), Professor, Department of English. He works in comparative 18th- and 19th-century literature (including historiography, philosophy, and the visual arts), narrative theory, satire, and postmodernism. He is the author of Satire in Narrative (1990), and Satire, History, Novel: Narrative Forms, 1665-1815 (2003), and the editor of Critical Essays on Jonathan Swift (1993), and Humans and Other Animals in Eighteenth-Century England: Representation, Hybridity, Ethics (2006). His current projects include Conjectural History and the Emergence of the Social Sciences, and Satire, Novels, and Public Spheres in England, 1790-1915

Office: Ashe building, Rm. 304
Phone #: 305-284-5169
Links:  English Department